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Those who have the diabetes need to regulate and monitor their food habits. They need to focus on meal plans that identify the quantity and kind of food they need to consume, to maintain a healthy lifestyle. An ideal meal plan will control cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. Among the meal plan tools glycemic index, carb counting, and plate method are quite well known.

Understanding the condition

There are two types of diabetes, Type I and Type II. Type I is the juvenile onset while Type II is the adult onset diabetes. Type I requires daily doses of insulin, while Type II can be controlled without medication if detected early. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include extreme thirst or hunger, frequent urination, slow healing rate of wounds, feeling weak and tired, as well as numbness or tingling sensation in feet or hands.

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Foods to be strictly avoided

Both salt and sugar must be strictly avoided by diabetics. Red meat, food with high glycemic index such as rice, potato, banana breads, and carrot must also be avoided. Fried foods must be completely avoided, but some oil may be needed to absorb vitamin E. High fat cheese must be replaced with low fat cheese. White rice, white bread, and flour must be replaced with whole rice, brown bread and whole wheat, or unprocessed wheat.

Foods that help

Some of the foods that are helpful in diabetes are onion, garlic, blackberry, Fenugreek, bitter gourd, cinnamon solution, fiber, flaxseed, and anti-oxidants. Ideally, a healthy diet should reduce the risk of diseases like stroke and heart disease. In addition, a healthy diet should enable a person to maintain their ideal body weight. Healthy diet includes a variety of foods such as fruits, whole grains, vegetables, fish, poultry, lean meats, beans, and non-fatty dairy products It is also very important to control your food intake and portions while on a calorie strict diet plan.

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